Tooth Contouring and Reshaping
It’s no secret that a less than flattering smile can cause one to feel insecure; in fact, several studies have pointed to poor oral health in explaining why some people are refusing to smile. Many study participants have admitted that the condition of their teeth has impeded their ability to interview for jobs and has kept them from pursuing romantic relationships.
Fortunately, we live in a day and age where it is possible to correct many of the dental problems that contribute to our insecurities. Modern-day cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the smile of your dreams through an array of services, most of which are covered by dental insurance. Of course, most people want strong, healthy teeth and a bright, beautiful smile. Quality cosmetic dentistry offers the best of both worlds. For example, contouring and reshaping your tooth can completely transform your smile while also resolving minor imperfections.
What Does It Mean to Reshape and Contour a Tooth?
If you’re not familiar with this aspect of cosmetic dentistry, reshaping and contouring a tooth is a process whereby a cosmetic dentist or general dentist removes small amounts of the tooth’s enamel from the tooth’s surface. This process, also known as enameloplasty, alters the length, shape, and surface of the tooth, which, in turn, removes stains, plaque, and tartar build-up. It is important to note that the benefits of tooth contouring and reshaping extend well beyond improved aesthetics. It can also remove bumps and pits in the tooth’s enamel that could lead to major dental problems.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
Tooth contouring and reshaping procedures are often relegated to those in need of minor restoration work. It should be noted, however, that you will need a fair amount of tooth enamel to be eligible for the procedure. Those who need major restoration work or don’t have the requisite enamel may need to consider alternative procedures like dental veneers, for example.
What Does the Procedure Entail?
Unlike some dental procedures, reshaping and contouring a tooth is a relatively painless procedure. In fact, it can be done without novocaine or any other numbing agents. In saying that, you will feel pressure and a vibrating sensation from the dental tools being used, which include a sanding drill and a fine diamond bur. So what happens after the enamel has been removed from the tooth? Well, following the removal of enamel, your dentist will check your bite to ensure proper alignment. Next, he or she will smooth and polish the rough edges of the tooth and will provide you with instructions on maintaining the health and aesthetics of your newly contoured and reshaped tooth.
For more information on Cosmetic Contouring in the Los Angeles, CA area call Shervin M. Louie, DDS at 323-682-0674!